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Bunch Library Faculty Participate in National Research Study

Bunch Library was one of six college and university libraries to participate in Project Information Literacy (PIL) last fall. PIL just released the results, its seventh research report about college students and information literacy. Led by Reference Librarian Jenny Mills, the research and instruction librarians and the English department facilitated the study by arranging on-campus interviews with students from First Year Writing classes.

The study investigates the challenges today’s freshmen face, and the information-seeking strategies they develop, use and adapt as they make the transition from high school to college and begin to complete college research assignments. Included are data from a comparative analysis of library resources in 30 U.S. high schools and six colleges and universities, interviews with 35 first-term freshmen from six colleges and universities and an online survey with 1,941 U.S. high school and college student respondents.

The complete report has just been released by PIL, along with a short video that summarizes the findings.

Bunch Library has also been selected to participate in the next phase of Project Information Literacy , a study of recent graduates’ information seeking behaviors, in which Belmont alumni will be surveyed.

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